The Daily Mail, Pakistan
White Paper details China's fight against COVID-19
By Lu Yan  ·  2020-07-02  ·   Source: Daily Mail

On June 7, the State Council Information Office issued a white paper on China's battle against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Titled Fighting COVID-19: China in Action, the white paper gives a detailed, chronological account of the government and the people's efforts to contain the epidemic. 

For now, China has successfully eliminated all channels for community transmission of COVID-19, according to the document. Accordingly, it states its main purpose as "keeping a record of China's efforts in its own fight against the virus, sharing its experience with the rest of the world, and clarifying its ideas on the global battle." 

A test of fire 

COVID-19 has spread faster and wider than any other illness since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the white paper says. "Facing this unknown, unexpected, and devastating disease, China has launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread," it states. 

Making people's lives and health its top priority, China has succeeded in putting the epidemic under control. According to the white paper, the spread of the virus was contained in a little more than a month; in around two months, the daily increase in domestic cases had fallen to single digits; and in approximately three months, a decisive victory was secured in the battle to defend Hubei Province and its capital city of Wuhan. 

This achievement did not come easily for a country with a population of 1.4 billion. 

The white paper divides China's fight against the coronavirus into five stages. In the first stage from December 27, 2019 to January 19, 2020, swift actions were taken immediately after cases of pneumonia of unknown cause were identified in Wuhan. Etiological and epidemiological investigations were undertaken to stop the spread of the disease, and the epidemic situation was promptly reported. The country then launched a nationwide program of epidemic prevention and control. 

The second stage, from January 20 to February 20, was the most pressing stage in China's COVID-19 response, with rapid increase in newly confirmed cases. The government took a crucial step to stem the spread of the virus, closing outbound traffic from Wuhan. It marked the beginning of an all-out battle to protect Wuhan and Hubei. 

The second stage also saw initial progress in curbing the spread of the virus, as emergency response mechanisms were set up and resources from the entire country were mobilized to assist Hubei and Wuhan.

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